Stanford University, 1998.
Stanford University, 1990.
B.A., magna cum laude
Yale University, 1985.
Office: DMH 140
Areas of Interest
Russia and the Soviet Union.
European Intellectual and Cultural History.
- "In the Forge of Criticism: M. T. Kachenovskii and Professional Autonomy in Pre-Reform Russia," in Historiography of Imperial Russia: The Profession and Writing of History in a Multinational State. Edited by Thomas Sanders. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.
- "Social Identity and Russian Cultural Politics: Defining the Historian in the Pre-Reform Era." Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1998.
- Teaching Fellowship, Introduction to the Humanities, Stanford University, 1998–2005.
- Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, 1993–1994.
- Mazour Fellowship, Stanford University, 1992.
- Travel Grant and Stipend, Stanford Center for Russian and East European Studies/Institute of Russian History Exchange Program, October, 1992.
I am originally from Ohio and went to college at Yale University. After college, I traveled to Russia often, and then settled down to studying Russian history at Stanford University.
In my doctoral dissertation, "Social Identity and Russian Cultural Politics: Defining the Historian in the Pre-Reform Era," I reconsider the impact of Russia's encounter with modernity by examining elite identity in the first half of the nineteenth century. I analyze the changing self-representations of three Moscow University historians. I conclude that their careers suggest that attitudes towards modernity, far from fracturing educated Russian society, actually served as a source of cohesion. I am currently reworking my dissertation for publication.
After graduate school, I taught in Stanford's Introduction to Humanities Program. There I had the opportunity to teach interdisciplinary courses, with subjects ranging from Russian culture, to art and philosophy, to philosophical and anthropological perspectives on mortality. From this experience, I developed a particular interest in the ways that other disciplines can enrich discussions of "history."
I joined the faculty of San José State University in 2005. I teach survey courses in Russian, European and World history, as well as seminars in historiography and research methodology. In my classes, I include art, architecture, literature, film, etc., encouraging students to explore the past from many angles.